A comprehensive guide to growing chilli and contains information on when to plant, feeding, harvesting. It also covers pests and troubleshooting notes.


What soil is good for Chilli?

Rich, well draining soil with plenty of compost mixed in. 


How much sun does Chilli need?

Sunny, sheltered position.

Frost Tolerant

Is Chilli frost tolerant?



How much space does Chilli need?

Around 40cm apart 


When should I plant Chilli?

Chilli are warm season crops that are best grow in temperatures between 18 and 30°C (65–86°F).

Sow seeds indoors in late winter and transplant seedlings outdoors in spring, once the danger of frost has passed.

Seeds can also be sown outdoors in spring. Keep the soil moist and warm to ensure successful germination. 

If transplanting seedlings, plant out in the early morning or evening and/or on an overcast day. Avoid planting at peak sun times or on windy days, this will allow your plants to settle in comfortably and protect them from windburn and sunburn.  

Plants will overwinter if protected from frosts.  


What do I feed Chilli?

 Apply an organic fertiliser throughout the season.


When can I harvest Chilli?

Chilies can be harvested green once they have reached a good size, otherwise they can be harvested at any colour which follows. 


What pests does Chilli get?

Aphids, Slug, Snail, Fruit Fly, Spider Mites, Thrips, Root Knot Nematodes, Flea Beetle, Armyworm, Leafroller, Leafminer, Pepper Weevil, Tomato Fruit Worm


What diseases does Chilli get?

Aphids, Slug, Snail, Mosaic Virus, Leaf Spot, Blight, Verticilllium wilt, Fusarium Wilt, Powdery Mildew


Is there anything else I need to know about Chilli?

Plants may require staking for support.